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Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum Bendigo, Victoria

The origins of the Bendigo Sub Branch go back to 1916. The splendid building that houses the Museums collection was completed in 1921 by public subscription, a fitting tribute to the AIF. The RSL was granted tenure of occupancy from that day.The Museums beginning dates back to 1996 and was finally opened to the public in Feb 1998. The collection at present covers from the Boer War to Iraq, medals, diaries, weapons, uniforms, personnel effects, trench art, a library and the Grinton collection "A Camera on the Somme". Such is the collection that we are now rotating items of memorabilia.

Contact Information

location
P.O.Box 42 Long Gully Victoria 3550
phone
+61 (03) 5442 4513

Contact

Opening Hours

Open 10am to 4pm Closed some public holidays

Entry Fee

Adult $6, Conc $5, Students $4, Family $15

Location

37 - 39 Pall Mall Bendigo Victoria

To collect, conserve, communicate and commemorate central Victoria’s contribution and experience in military conflict and peacekeeping from colonial to the present day. Combining the Bendigo District RSL Sub-branch Inc and the Passchendaele Barracks Trust collections.

vern sinclair 13 January 2019 11:26 AM

Extremely disappointed with my recent visit.. No longer have we a great collection of military history on display anymore.museum looks more like an art gallery.Total waste of money on refurbishment as is.CURATOR please restore museum to former standard.Will not be recommended to any visitors.TOTALLY DISGUSTED...

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LETTER & ENVELOPE

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

.1) & .2) 2 page letter, off white, red letterhead, handwritten in blue ink, written on both sides. .3) Envelope, off white, blue postage stamp, stamped Somerset.

Historical information

.1) & .2) Addressed to R C ALLARDICE who spent leave time with the people in Somerset. The letter is signed off: Lillian & George. .3) Addressed to R C ALLARDICE 418577 RAAF. Refer Reg No 3627.5 for his service records & collection.

Inscriptions & Markings

.1) Printed in red top L: Train symbol, Taunton: ELECTRICITY Electricity symbol: BUCKLAND Phone symbol: ST MARY 223 Printed in red top R: BUCKLAND HOUSE BUCKLAND ST MARY CHARD SOMERSET .3) Handwritten in blue ink: R Allardice

CAP, PEAKED

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Peaked cap, blue with RAAF brass cap badge. Size 6 7/8. Black outer headband, narrow black plastic front strap secured with small brass buttons at either end. Tan inner headband with clear plastic top lining.

Historical information

Item issued to Robert George Bennetts. Refer 560.3 for service history.

Inscriptions & Markings

Marked inside:"MTX size 6 7/8 A↑F Made in Australia 36088 RAAF Bennetts"

DOCUMENT

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

UNIFORM

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Light horse brigade .1) Jacket, 100% wool with cotton lining. 7th Battalion AIF colour patches with a brass A signifying original ANZAC on both sleeves. Right sleeve has sergeant's stripes & 5 blue & 1 red chevron stripes. Left sleeve has 3 brass bars re WIA 3 times. Rising Sun badges on each collar & Australia badges on shoulder straps. Belted at waist. .2) Jodphurs, khaki corded wool. Brass button up fly. .3) Braces, red, white & blue oblique striped. .4) Hat, size 57, khaki Akubra with felt pugaree, leather chin strap, & blackened brass Rising Sun badge on upturned rim. .5) & .6) Puttees, pair, khaki wool felt with khaki cotton tapes. .7) & .8) Boots, pair, size L, tan coloured leather with dark brown leather laces, leather soles with metal reinforcing on heels.

Inscriptions & Markings

.1) & .2) Makers labels. .4) Hat: Akubra, Made in Australia; On badge: Australian Commonwealth Military Forces. on hat: "5.7 Akubra Made in Australia"

TUNIC

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

RAAF uniform tunic. Dark blue with waist belt. Over left hand breast pocket a woven patch with the letter N (Navigator) & one wing to the side. Under are x 3 service stripes sewn on - 1939-45 Star, France & Germany Star, Defence Medal.

Historical information

Item issued to Geoffrey Wilkin NEVILLE No 438263 RAAF. Rank, Flying Officer. Enlisted 10.9.1943 aged 18 years. Discharged 6.3.1946, posting at discharge, 460 SQD RAAF. Neville was posted to 460 Sqd 22.7.1945 to 6.10.1945, his Sqd during operations over Europe is unknown at this time.

POSTER, FRAMED

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Coloured poster listing all units - Navy Army & Air Force in BCOF period - Japan 1946. Mounted on purple backing, white metal frame, glass front, masonite backing.

Inscriptions & Markings

BCOF 50th Reunion - Dubbo NSW March 1996 On back in black texta: Donated by: Maurie Smith. Seymour Vic

PHOTOGRAPH, FRAMED

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Sepia portrait of a soldier surrounded by cream border. Metal frame with glass front.

Historical information

For WILLIAMS service details and other items refer Cat No 69.2.

Inscriptions & Markings

Portrait of Francis John Williams 7326, 8th Battalion AIF.

BADGE

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Volunteer Air Observer Corp Badge. Round, metal, blue, white & red centre with gold depiction of a bird centre, pin on rear.

Historical information

Item issued to Mrs M HEWSTON. Part of the HEWSTON collection WW1 & WW2.

Inscriptions & Markings

On rear: “Dept of Air 10774”

PHOTOGRAPH

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Sepia portrait of Cyril Johnson 2nd AIF. Soldier in uniform with slouch hat. Frame is yellowish cardboard sitting inside a perspex stand.

Historical information

Item with the collection of Cyril John JOHNSON VX 36298 died as a POW of the Japanese. Refer 3144 for his service history.

Inscriptions & Markings

VINCENT KELLY BENDIGO

POSTCARDS

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

.1) Silk postcard with "From your loving husband" letter on the back in ink. .2) Silk postcard with "I'm thinking of you" letter on back in ink. .3) Silk postcard with "Rising Sun and Flags" letter on the back in ink. .4) Silk postcard with "Good luck" letter on the back in ink. .5) Silk postcard with "All kind thoughts" letter on the back in ink.

Historical information

.All the letters are to Thomas Henry Whyte's wife Adelaide. Thomas Henry Whyte No 1936 enlisted in the 2nd reinforcements 38th Batt AIF on 18.4.1916 age 32 years 1 month. Embark for England 16.8.1916, transferred to 8th Training Batt England 14.10.1916, classified PB 8.8.1917, due to a pre existing condition “Alternating Strabismus” of the right eye he was classed not medically fit for general service but fit for home duties and was discharged from the AIF on 9.11.1918.

PHOTOGRAPHS

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

.1) Colour photo of G Murray unloading goods for Baria Orphanage, Vietnam. .2) B&W photo showing Sisters Maria Ducalraire and Augustine with G Murray at the Baria Orphanage South Vietnam.

Historical information

Geoff Murray No 3411521, 3 Cav Regt 27.11.67 to 22.10.68, Survey Corp 15.10.69 to 15.10.70. The photos were taken in 1969-70. On his 2nd tour Geoff was a great supporter of the Orphanage obtaining rations, food for the Sisters. Refer 594.2, 611.8, 1866.3 re Geoff and the Orphanage. Refer 638P.

PHOTOGRAPHS, FRAMED

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Coloured photos of Kings Colours, Plaque in Darwin & Regimental Colours of 28th Battalion. Mounted on maroon background in brown frame with gold inner trim. Glass front, cardboard backing with wire hanging strap.

Inscriptions & Markings

Underneath photos on a white sticker: The Kings Colours and Regimental Colours were presented on behalf on the citizens of Bendigo by Governor General Sir Ronald Munro Ferguson KCMC to the Battalion on 14th June 1916. The Colours are at All Saints Cathedral Bendigo RHS front bottom corner & LHS back sticker bearing: No 71

CERTIFICATE, FRAMED

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Framed copy, Certificate of Discharge from the AIF re Edgar James Koch No 2096 37th Battalion AIF. Details enlistment date, age, unit, Regt No, days of service home and abroad and discharge date.

Historical information

Edgar James Koch No 2096 enlisted in the 3rd reinforcements 37th Batt AIF on 18.3.16. Embarked for overseas 25.9.16. WIA 4.10.17 GSW's left arm and chest wall. Transfers to the 38th Batt 12.10.18. Hospital 22.10.18 with Influenza. Hospital again 12.12.18 with Debility. Discharged from the AIF 25.9.10 medically unfit. Refer 933P, 1257P.

BOOK - Gallipoli

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Softcover, cardboard, black and white print on front, spine and back. Sepia photo of soldiers on front and spine. 600 pages, plain, illustrated with black and white photos.

PHOTOGRAPH, FRAMED.

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Framed photo of James Walker M.M, No 2361, 7th Reinforcements, 14th Battalion AIF, 46th Battalion, W.I.A. on 10/05/1918. Awarded Military Medal.

Historical information

James Walker “MM” No 2361 AIF. Records are misleading but it appears he enlisted on 28.9.14 age 37 years and remained at Depot before joining the 7th reinforcements 14th Batt on 5.7.15. Embarked for Egypt 10.8.15, transfered to the 46th Batt 3.3.16, he is charged twice in Egypt before embarking for France on 2.6.16 and is charged twice more, one serious and is sentenced to 5 years Penal Servitude on 30.12.16. The penalty is reduced to 2 years hard labour on 2.2.17. He is released and rejoins his unit on 25.1.18. Somewhere between this date and 10.5.18 when he is WIA with Shell concussion he is awarded a Military Medal. He returns to Australia and is discharged medically unfit on 28.10.18. He dies in hospital on 2.1.1920.

Inscriptions & Markings

Label at bottom has: "James Walker MM no 2361, 7th Reinforcements 14th Batt AIF. 46th Bn, WIA on 10/5/18, awarded Military Medal." On rear: "Photo Mrs Suzette Ellis"

UNIFORM, MOUNTED

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Gallipoli Coat and Tie mounted in wooden frame with glass cover.

Historical information

Items worn by George Henry Fullerton to the 1990 ANZAC 75th Anniversary Commemoration. Refer Cat No’s 4069.2 for service details also 4070.

BOOKS, BOXED SET OF 6 - The Unit Guide

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Boxed set of 6 books. The Unit Guide, The Australian Army 1939 - 1945. .1) Box, open, cardboard, dark green buckram, white paper lining, gold print on sides. .2) - .7) Hard cover book, cardboard, dark green buckram with gold print on front cover & spine. Pages plain cut, black print, black & white illustrations. .2) 483 pages. .3) 605 pages. .4) 626 pages. .5) 654 pages. .6) 706 pages. .7) 568 pages.

Inscriptions & Markings

.2) Volume 1 of 6. Unit & Location Indexes, Bibliography, Orders of Battle .3) Volume 2 of 6. Headquarters, Infantry, Cavalry, Armoured & Intelligence Units. .4) Volume 3 of 6. Artillery, Air Defence & Engineer Units. .5) Volume 4 of 6. Medical & Signals Units. .6) Volume 5 of 6. Aust Army Service Corp, Aust Army Ordnance Corp & Aust Electrical & Mechanical Engineer Units. .7) Volume 6 of 6. Women's Services, Volunteer Defence Corps, War Graves Survey, Labour Salvage, Military Policing, Recruiting & Training, Dental, Bath & Laundry, Veterinary & Animal, Movements & Transit, Pay, Records & Printing & Postal, Amenities & Canteens Units.

CERTIFICATE OF DISCHARGE, FRAMED

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Wooden frame, glass front, printed certificate with cream coloured border.

Historical information

Certificate of Discharge. V143139 Sergeant Albert William Guard. Served with Citizen Military Forces from 13 October 1941 to 30 June 1947. Interim Army 1 July 1947 to 26 October 1948.

UNIT BADGES

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Badges attached to yellow metal frame with green felt.

TRENCH ART

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Map of Australia made from spent munitions brass; engraved with picture of soldier holding a banner.

Historical information

Regarding P Sexton. There is a Patrick Sexton listed in the 59th Batt roll No 3243a. The trench art was in the collection of James Worland Mills No 3441 59th Batt AIF. Refer 169P, 166.3, 167.6.

Inscriptions & Markings

'59th Btn.' - written on Union Jack in corner of banner. 'Australia for Ever' written on 2nd banner. 'CD' written between soldier's feet. Other inscriptions: 'France 12.7.18', and 'P. Sexton Ville-Sur Ancre Somme.

CRUCIFIX

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Small brass crucifix, has small length of chain and string attached to top.

Historical information

The item belonged to Sgt Jack Grinton No 1043, 38th Batt AIF. Part of the Grinton collection which included hundreds of negatives and developed photos that he took during the War. Refer 1317P, 1320P.

BADGES

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

(.1) Badge, Rising Sun collar, depicts Rising Sun, crown centre and scroll under, has pin on rear, silver colour. (.2) Badge, silver and blue, consists of top with pin and circular bottom on a small link with scroll.

Historical information

(.1) Item issued to Capt Gladys Mole VX17199 A.A.N.S. Refer Cat No 1901.4 for her service details. (.2) Victorian Bowling Club Ladies Association badge given to Gladys.

Inscriptions & Markings

(.1) “Australian Commonwealth Military Forces” (.2) “ Super veteran-LBA-Victoria”

BADGE

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Australian League of Ex Servicemen & Women badge. Small lapel pin badge, gold & blue enamel colour. Crown on top of a banner. In centre are stylised Rising Sun, pair of aircraft wings, an anchor & a boomerang.

Historical information

Item relates to S W ROSS VX78589, refer Reg No 3147 for his service details.

Inscriptions & Markings

Underneath crown words: AUST LEGION OF Inside boomerang words: EX-SERVICEMEN & WOMEN

BOX, FIRST AID

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Khaki, metal, box with red cross & black print.

Historical information

Original owner was WO Donald McKindlay WOOLCOCK, RAAF 5158

Inscriptions & Markings

At top: A red cross In black print below: OUTFIT FIRST AID FOR MT

PHOTOGRAPH

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Photograph of soldier in WWI uniform posed in a studio. Black & white image, could be a copy.

PHOTOGRAPH

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Copy of original sepia photo of a German soldier, seated with arms in front. A piece of ribbon attached to a button on the uniform could be for an "Iron Cross".

Historical information

The photo was bought home by James Todd No 2418, 12th Batt AIF. Refer 1340P, 1491.

Inscriptions & Markings

Some writing at the bottom of the photo but unreadable.

PHOTOGRAPH

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Black & white photo of 2 Australian men wearing slouch hats behind a Vickers M6 gun on a large tripod with water container & ammunition boxes beside it. The small photo has been printed on larger photo paper.

BOOKS - Official History of Australia in the War 1914-18

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

12 x Volumes. Hard cardboard covers, red buckram, gold print on spines. Cut, plain, off white pages. Black / white photos, maps & illustrations. .1) Vol 1 The Story of ANZAC (Tenth Edition), 662 pages. .2) Vol 11 The Story of ANZAC (Sixth Edition), 975 pages. .3) Vol III The AIF in France 1916 (Tenth Edition), 1036 pages. .4) Vol IV The AIF in France 1917 (Tenth Edition), 1030 pages. .5) Vol V The AIF in France 1918 (Seventh Edition), 825 pages. .6) Vol VI The AIF in France 1918, 1096 pages. .7) Vol VII Sinai and Palestine (Eighth Edition), 844 pages. .8) Vol VIII Australian Flying Coirpr (Ninth Edition), 493 pages. .9) Vol IX The Royal Australian Navy (Eighth Edition), 649 pages. .10) Vol X The Australians At Rabaul (Eighth Edition), 412 pages. .11) Vol XI Australia During the War (Sixth Edition), 922 pages. .12) Vol XII Photographic Record of The War (Fourteenth Edition), 753 pages, glossy white paper.

BAYONET & SCABBARD

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

.1 Bayonet, chromed, for SLR L1A1 .2 Scabbard, metal, chromed.

WATCH

Bendigo Soldiers Memorial Institute Military Museum, Bendigo

Pocket Watch, stainless steel, black dial, separate small dial for the second hand, winder on top.

Inscriptions & Markings

Engraved on back: 1900 On face: Waltham